Full Cup of Water - Chap 11
Xin Mu said the same thing. “A man is like a dog. Don’t take him too seriously, okay?”
Xin Qianyu’s expression was still stiff, and he gave no response, not showing any indication that he had heard his mother’s words.
Looking at Xin Qianyu’s expression, Xin Mu shook her head and said, “I’m not going to say anymore. Let’s attend the meeting.”
Xin Mu was willing to come to work today because of a meeting. It was an important meeting presided over by the old man himself.
The old man was the founder and chairman of Yuzhuo Group. He was rather old but had not retired. The main reason was that none of his three sons and daughters could take the lead alone. Among the grandchildren, there were only two who could enter the old man’s eyes. One was his grandson Xin Qianyu and the other was his granddaughter Xin Simu.
Xin Simu was several years older than Xin Qianyu, and she entered the group several years earlier than Xin Qianyu. She was now the managing director of the group.
Now for many things, the old man would listen to Xin Simu’s opinions. At the meeting, the old man said, “Xiaoyu has come back from abroad and has been working at the basic level for several years. Now it’s time to assign him something to do. What do you think, Xiaomu?”
The people who participated in the meeting were senior executives in the company, but they were relatives, so they all spoke and behaved quite casually. The gazes of the relatives were all directed sharply towards Xin Simu as if wondering if she would be willing to cede some of the power that was not easy to grasp.
Xin Simu smiled faintly and said, “Well, my cousin is a top student abroad and even studied education. After returning, he mainly rotated through teaching positions. The Department of Education and Research is just right for him. I wonder what Grandpa thinks?”
After she said this, everyone was a little surprised.
Unlike Zhu Pu’s personnel department, the Department of Education and Research was the core department in the education group. It was indeed Xin Qianyu’s field of expertise, making it easier for Xin Qianyu to shine. No one expected Xin Simu to take the initiative in transferring this big slice of cake so readily. Was it possible that it was really “Kong Rong giving up pears“?
Xin Qianyu was also quite surprised.
The old man nodded in satisfaction. “Yes, that’s fine. Since you’re the older sister, just take care of your younger brother.”
Xin Simu nodded. “Of course, we’re all family.”
After the meeting, Xin Mu pulled Xin Qianyu aside and said, “Don’t you think that girl Xin Simu is being too nice?”
“What do you mean?” Xin Qianyu frowned.
Xin Mu said, “I haven’t been in charge of things in the past few years. But if I look at it from a detached point of view, this girl is not easy to get along with. Don’t talk about giving up power. She can tear you apart even if you want her to give up a cent.”
Xin Qianyu frowned and started having second thoughts. “Since I returned these past few years, she has not done anything to me.”
Xin Mu sneered. “You used to be a horse at the basic level. Wouldn’t it be a loss for her if she took action against you? What would it look like in the eyes of the old man? ……Even if we don’t mention the old man, she would have more than enough to bear if the relatives stabbed her in the back. It’s different now. Be careful.”
Although the mother and son often fought, Xin Qianyu knew in his heart that his mother would be on his side, so he nodded to indicate okay.
Usually, the directors of a large company would speak reasonably and courteously, but the Yuzhuo Group was different. The cousins, aunts and uncles on the board of directors filled the table. Most of them became directors due to the old man’s affection and blood relations with him. Therefore, the political ability of the office was not very strong, but they were exceptionally skilled at gossiping and engaging in small talk. This was also an important reason why many consulting companies had fled and were unwilling to cooperate with the Yuzhuo Group.
However, being able to build such a large company from scratch, the old man was not a blind person. He knew the relatives were incapable, and none of his three sons and daughters could afford to take the lead, so he pinned his hopes on his grandchildren, the two intelligent returnees and top students. This also caused a problem. Since Xin Simu and Xin Qianyu were the only two candidates, they had formed a situation where “one mountain cannot tolerate two tigers.”
However, the old man valued kinship more than anything, so he turned a blind eye to his relatives being vermin in the group. With his empathy, he felt that since Xin Simu and Xin Qianyu were relatives, they should be able to compete peacefully. After all, bones may be broken but not separated!
The relatives loved gossip and watching the excitement, so they privately
provoked Xin Simu and said, “Xiaoyu is a male grandson. You’re a girl and will
eventually get married…”
Xin Simu smiled slightly and said, “Where is this from? Isn’t Auntie also a
woman? Yu Er whom she gave birth to, also has the surname Xin, and he’s
part of our Xin family.”
Another person said, “Tsk, Xiao Mu, initially, the old man only loved you. Ws
just that after Xiaoyu came back, iVs different…”
“What are you talking about? Grandpa has loved Yu Er and me very much since we were young.” Xin Simu said softly, “Yu Er is my cousin, and I love him too.”
The relatives saw that Xin Simu always kept her smile, demeanour, and gentleness, so they rarely gossiped in front of Xin Simu. They only discussed it behind her back. “Let’s see how long she can put on airs. After all, she’s a woman…”
Seeing no movement on Xin Simu’s side, they ran to look for Xin Qianyu. It was just that Xin Qianyu never kept his smile, demeanour, and gentleness. He grinned immediately. “What you said makes sense. I will tell the old man.”
Everyone quickly shut up and ran away.
When Xin Qianyu returned to the group, the closest people to him were the brother-sister pair, Zhu Pu and Zhu Zhu.
Zhu Pu, Zhu Zhu and Xin Qianyu were more familiar with each other, and they all hoped that he could surpass Xin Simu. While eating in private, Zhu Pu said, “How are you feeling after entering the Department of Education and Research? No one is making things difficult for you, right? Many people in the Department of Education and Research are Mu Jie’s people.”
Xin Qianyu laughed. “To begin with, I don’t have any people in this company!”
Zhu Zhu was delicate and looked much younger than her actual age. She had a round face with round eyes, and when she ate, she looked like a hamster. She moved her cheeks and said, “Who said that? My brother and I are your people! Our people are also yours!”
Xin Qianyu laughed and thanked her with a smile.
Zhu Pu asked again, “You’re not finding things difficult, are you?”
Xin Qianyu said, “Who am I? Who will dare to make things difficult for me?”
Zhu Pu was very happy to hear it.
When Zhu Zhu heard this, her eyebrows drooped. “This is even more troublesome.”
“Why?” Zhu Pu looked at his sister curiously.
“It’s easy to dodge a spear in the open, but an arrow shot from ambush is difficult to avoid!” Zhu Zhu sighed heavily, and her baby face had a worried expression, like a little adult who was composing a verse pretending sorrow.
Zhu Pu also became worried. “Yeah…”
“Don’t be delusional.” Xin Qianyu said, “Before anyone moves a finger, you’re making yourself panic.”
“How would you know whether someone moves their finger or not?” Zhu Pu said nervously, “This is not a television drama. Do they have to announce their move to the sky before hitting you?”
Xin Qianyu said, “The Department of Education and Research has had no new projects recently. They’re all doing what they were doing before. It’s still following the predecessor’s policies, and I haven’t had a chance to make a move. Neither has she.”
Hearing this, Zhu Pu and Zhu Zhu were slightly relieved.
When Xin Qianyu arrived at the Department of Education and Research, he was also at the stage of familiarizing himself with his work. Not having much room to play, he was quite idle in his daily life and even felt a little bit “cast aside”.
This idleness did not make Xin Qianyu feel comfortable. On the contrary, it gave him more time to think, and all his thoughts were about Su Zhong. He would think, does Su Zhong love me or not? Then later, think, would Su Zhong find a new job? Then a while later, think, I heard David tried his best to block Su Zhong. Seems like it’ll be really difficult for Su Zhong to find a home on Financial Street. Then later, think, when will this idiot David die?!
To put it bluntly, Su Zhong had very strong abilities, and he did not need to worry about finding a home. However, after David’s embellishment of the “Su Zhong framing Kevin for personal revenge” story spread, many bosses developed an apprehensive mentality. Honestly speaking, no one’s ass was that clean these days, and everyone was afraid there would be a time bomb in the company.
It might be considered a “blessing in disguise”, but Su Zhong now had some free time. It just so happened that Xin Qianyu had been transferred to the Department of Education and Research and was also quite free these days, able to start and finish work on time.
It was rare for these two to have breakfast and dinner together every day.
The couple had lived together for many years, but they had only eaten breakfast or dinner together a handful of times. This seemed incredible to others. But as long as Xin Qianyu said, “My lover is a financial practitioner”, everyone would show understanding expressions. “No wonder.”
Others said, “Then you guys are considered to be pretty good. Does your lover usually travel a lot?”
Xin Qianyu carefully recalled that when Su Zhong first entered the industry, there were a lot of business trips. So much so that Xin Qianyu thought he was staying with an air steward. At that time, Su Zhong flew everywhere, and the mileage could circle the earth three times, like a bird without feet. Xin Qianyu guarded the empty nest every day.
When Su Zhong was busy on business trips, he seldom called. What was even more pitiful was that Su Zhong rarely spoke, so he did not communicate much with Xin Qianyu when he was on business trips, and phone calls were not many.
Xin Qianyu was afraid of disturbing Su Zhong’s work and annoying him, so did not dare to call Su Zhong.
Su Zhong routinely called Xin Qianyu every two or three days and spoke very little on the phone, only saying, “How is the weather on your side?”
Xin Qianyu would say, “Not bad. What about on your side?”
“Not bad too.” Su Zhong would say.
Xin Qianyu would ask, “When will you be back?”
Su Zhong would say, “In two days.”
The conversation would then be almost over.
Su Zhong did not talk big. When he said two days, it would be two days. After two days, he would be back. However, he would be on another business trip in two days.
Xin Qianyu guarded the empty apartment daily, and his heart was empty. This was different from the cohabitation life he had imagined.
It was probably because he suffered such a “realistic beating” once he moved in with Su Zhong, so his tolerance level became extremely high. After that, no matter how busy Su Zhong was at work, Xin Qianyu did not feel lonely anymore. After all, Su Zhong always went home to sleep. When Xin Qianyu got up, he could see Su Zhong, which seemed to be as beautiful as a dream.
And now, being able to catch up for dinner together every day was simply an urban fairy tale for Xin Qianyu.
Xin Qianyu wanted to say, this kind of life was too beautiful. How about you not work, and I’ll support you!
But he did not dare to say this either.
This very exquisite Japanese cuisine restaurant was called “Koi Pond”. It was opened by a Chinese, and there was no need to have a pretentious Chinese pseudonym. The food was delicious, the decoration was exquisite, and there were many patrons, so it had to be booked in advance.
Xin Qianyu had wanted to come for a long time, but it was too difficult to make an appointment for dinner with Su Zhong. Booking a popular restaurant and Su Zhong’s dinner time together was even more difficult. Xin Qianyu did not dare to take on this difficulty in the past.
Fortunately, when Su Zhong was unemployed at home, Xin Qianyu finally got what he wanted and came to the “Koi Pond” with Su Zhong.
When Xin Qianyu and Su Zhong entered the restaurant, he was still in a good mood. But this was quickly gone when he saw David and Rui Lei.
David, Rui Lei, and a few people Xin Qianyu did not know were sitting at a table with relaxed manners as if something good had happened.
Seeing them happy, Xin Qianyu was not happy.
Human beings were always very sensitive to enemies. Xin Qianyu glanced at them, and David and Rui Lei looked back unconsciously. Everyone’s eyes met, and the atmosphere became a little tense instantly.
But David and Rui Lei were both people who knew how to control their expressions. They smiled and said, “Isn’t this Su Zhong and his little boyfriend? Such a coincidence?”
Xin Qianyu said coldly and unenthusiastically, “It’s quite a coincidence. If we had known you were coming, we wouldn’t be here.”
Xin Qianyu used to show them some respect and pretend to be a “little boyfriend”, but now there was no need for this. He did not have to pretend in front of Su Zhong anymore, did he still need to pretend in front of them?
Rui Lei felt a little amused when she heard Xin Qianyu’s tone, and only shook her head.
David smiled and said, “You guys are quite free! How’s your search for a new job?”
How’s your search for a new job? This remark was quite provocative.
After all, David determined that Su Zhong have no way to advance on Financial Street.
David’s mean smile made Xin Qianyu sick for a while, and Xin Qianyu could not wait to show him why the flowers were so red with a left hook.
Su Zhong said, “Don’t worry about it.”
David said, “Tell me if you have a problem. The door of our company is always open to you.” David, the “generous boss”, pretended to be like that. As he spoke, he raised the glass and swayed it as if to toast to Su Zhong.
Xin Qianyu was most annoyed with this and held Su Zhong saying, “Let’s go Zhong Ge. If we stay longer, we’ll have no appetite to eat.”
Rui Lei was surprised when she heard Xin Qianyu’s arrogant tone. In her impression, Xin Qianyu was a very gentle person. Who knew he could be so cutting?
There was also a guy sitting opposite that seemed to have a problem with Su Zhong. When he heard Xin Qianyu’s words, he became upset and muttered, “Little friend, what do you mean? I don’t think you should be so quick to speak and ruin your boyfriend’s future! Our David Ge is a person who will create an earthquake when he stomps on Financial Street. If he offends him, does Su Zhong still have the money to buy you luxury brand items?”
Xin Qianyu smiled. “How big is David Ge’s foot that stomping will cause an earthquake?”
This was quite embarrassing for David, but David could not answer. Because Xin Qianyu was just a “little boyfriend”, David would lower himself if he spoke to him, so he only smiled without saying anything. He knew that someone would jump out to help him defend his honour. Sure enough, Rui Lei spoke. “David Ge is a regional president, and he has some status.”
“Isn’t the regional president just a regional manager? In the end, he still works for someone. I don’t know what’s impressive about that. In the end, why should an employee bother to make things difficult for another employee?” Xin Qianyu smiled, showing his big white teeth. “Like my mother always educated me, although I was born as a major shareholder of Yuzhuo Group and drove a Ferrari at the age of 18, I must not be proud. Although I became the boss within a few years of entering the company, I still have to exercise humility and integrate well into the company. Just treat myself as an ordinary worker! I always keep this statement in my heart! Warn yourself every day, so what if you’re a director? Although I have equity and my grandfather is the chairman, I’m still only a part of the company. Even if you live in a mansion worth 200 million, you must stay true to yourself. Do you understand what I mean?”